How to Make Your Own Portrait Backdrops


Turn any room into a photography studio by making your own portrait backdrop. The backdrop plays an important role when taking portrait photographs. It is the foundation of the photo and is used to set the mood of the occasion. If used correctly a backdrop will enhance the atmosphere so all the attention will be properly focused on the subject of the photo. Professional portrait backdrops can be expensive. By following simple steps you can create your own portrait backdrop and produce professional quality photographs for less money.

Step 1

Purchase a large piece of fabric such as muslin or a bed sheet.

Step 2

Prepare fabric by hemming the edges to avoid fraying, if needed.

Step 3

Bunch up fabric loosely into a ball.

Step 4

Wrap string around fabric ball to secure the shape of the fabric.

Step 5

Prepare fabric dye per instructions in plastic container. Combine two colors to add depth.

Step 6

Insert fabric ball into mixture and let it soak as per instructions of the fabric dye, stirring when needed with a wooden stir stick.

Step 7

Remove fabric ball when desired color is reached and cut the string.

Step 8

Rinse until water runs clear.

Step 9

Hang fabric to air dry or place fabric in dryer.

Tips and Warnings

  • Keep fabric dye out of reach of children and away from eyes. Wear gloves as fabric dye will stain skin.

Things You'll Need

  • Fabric
  • Gloves
  • Fabric dye
  • String or twine
  • Wooden stir stick
  • Scissors
  • Large plastic container
  • Sewing machine (if needed)


  • Homemade Backdrops
  • Photography Backdrop Guide
  • Create Your Own Portrait Backdrop

Who Can Help

  • Muslin Photography Background
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